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    Of Human Bondage (RKO, 1934). Very Fine on Linen. Italian 4 - Fogli (55.25" X 77.5") Anselmo Ballester Artwork.
    A gorgeous illustration by the incredible Anselmo Ballester graces this stone litho poster, the first Italian 2 - fogli we at Heritage have ever offered and the only known copy of the format in existence. Interestingly enough, Davis appears radiant in the illustration as the idealized version of Mildred as perceived by Leslie Howard's character. It's a direct contrast to Ballester's other piece for the film, which shows the reality of the two in a shadowy scene of subservience. This analytical illustrative concept is perfect for Davis' nuanced performance, a performance so powerful that angry Academy Award voters demanded to write her in as a nominee after she was snubbed in the Oscar running. It was the first of two times the Academy allowed a write-in campaign for a candidate, winning Davis third place for Best Actress. The poster displayed well even prior to restoration and once showed mild fold wear and separation, pinholes, small tears, and a few minor chips. The borders have been airbrushed, making the poster ready for display.


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    March, 2021
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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